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The monstrous LeBron James hype machine is in full swing, especially with the Los Angles Lakers’ preseason having tipped off.
However, according to one NBA insider, not so fast on proclaiming the LaBrons as the league’s next big thing.
In fact, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post goes as far as saying the Lakers won’t even make the Western Conference playoffs this season, meaning they will finish, at best, as the ninth-seeded squad in the conference.
“One thing that few, if any, are saying about the Lakers is that they will miss the playoffs for a sixth straight year — and see James go from making eight straight NBA Finals appearances to whiffing on the postseason entirely,” Bontemps wrote.
“But that is precisely what we are saying will happen — yes, even after we watched James go supernova and lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals again.”
“Of last year’s playoff teams, five — the Warriors, Rockets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs — seem like locks to return, assuming health (which we have to assume in this scenario),” he wrote. “That leaves the Lakers as one of six teams — along with the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers — fighting for the final three playoff spots in the West.”
To read Bontemps’ full column, click here.